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May 20, 2014

U.S. Air Force says working hard to certify new rocket launcher

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, May 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air
Force is working as fast as it can to certify the ability of
privately held Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, to
compete for work launching military and intelligence satellites
into orbit, a top general said Tuesday.

General William Shelton, who heads the Air Force Space
Command, said SpaceX was likely to achieve certification in
December or January, but the process could not be accelerated
given the complex issues that still needed to be addressed.

May 20, 2014

US official sees approval for higher resolution commercial imagery

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Reuters) – The U.S. government will eventually approve a bid by commercial space imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc (DGI.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to sell higher resolution satellite images, the head of the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday.

“It’s going to happen. Technology is moving in that direction,” NGA Director Letitia Long told an annual space conference hosted by the Space Foundation.

May 20, 2014

Lockheed-Boeing venture says rocket launch costs lower than claimed by rival

, May 19 (Reuters) – A joint venture
of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co on Monday
said its rocket launch costs were far lower than claimed by its
rival, privately-held Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX,
which is suing the U.S. government for shutting it out of the
lucrative rocket launch business.

United Launch Alliance President Michael Gass told reporters
at a space conference in Colorado that his company was providing
rocket launches to the U.S. Air Force and other customers for an
average cost of $225 million per launch, far less than the $460
million amount cited by SpaceX.

May 20, 2014

Military acquisition rules hamper U.S. ability to counter cyber threats

By Andrea Shalal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) – U.S. military experts on Monday said current acquisition rules hamper their ability to respond quickly to a growing number of cyber attacks against U.S. weapons and computer networks and new approaches are needed.

Kristina Harrington, director of the signals intelligence directorate at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), said acquisition programs typically take about two years to initiate and execute, but rapidly changing threats in the cyber domain require a different approach.

May 19, 2014

Lockheed eyes avatars, 3D printing to lower satellite costs

LITTLETON, Colorado (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon’s biggest supplier, is ramping up its use of 3D printing and virtual reality simulators to drive down the huge costs of producing national security satellites and safeguard profits in the face of reductions in U.S. defense spending.

The company expects to finalize a government contract to buy two new missile-warning satellites in coming weeks for 40 percent less than projected by Pentagon cost estimators due to changes in its manufacturing methods, plant closures and layoffs. Analysts say the deal will be worth around $2 billion.

May 18, 2014

Exclusive: Lockheed starts final assembly of new U.S. weather satellite

LITTLETON, Colorado (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp has begun final assembly of a new U.S. weather satellite that will allow the U.S. government to provide far earlier warnings about potentially deadly tornadoes and solar flares when it is launched in early 2016.

Lockheed this week powered on a key part of the satellite for the first time in a special “clean room” at a sprawling facility south of Denver, where engineers are assembling the satellite and testing components before the whole spacecraft moves to environmental and thermal vacuum testing in July.

May 15, 2014

Lockheed says cyber attacks quadrupled since 2007

WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp,
the No. 1 provider of information technology to the U.S.
government and the top Pentagon supplier, said on Wednesday the
number of sophisticated cyber campaigns aimed at its computer
networks had more than quadrupled since 2007.

The weapons maker had identified 43 distinct organizations
that were actively targeting Lockheed’s networks this year, and
the number could rise, Chandra McMahon, vice president for
commercial markets at Lockheed’s information systems business,
told the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit in Washington.

May 15, 2014

Exclusive: Israel’s David’s Sling will not win Polish missile tender – official

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israel is poised to lose out on a deal valued at up to $13 billion to build a missile defense shield for Poland, an Israeli defense official said on Wednesday, citing lobbying by Washington on behalf of rival U.S. systems.

As compensation, the manufacturer of the Israeli David’s Sling missile defense system may get a role in a future U.S.-led arms sale to Warsaw, the official, who has been briefed on the competition, told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

May 14, 2014

Poland said to be eyeing missile defense decision in June, July

WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) – Poland may choose a single
winning bidder by June or July in a multi-billion dollar missile
defense competition, months earlier than planned due to the
crisis in Ukraine, a senior Lockheed Martin Corp
executive said Tuesday.

Marty Coyne, business development director for Lockheed’s
air and missile defense business, said he saw “a good chance”
that a single foreign provider could be selected by early
summer.

May 7, 2014

Sikorsky wins U.S. Navy deal for president’s Marine One helicopters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp, won an initial $1.24 billion contract to develop and build six new U.S. presidential helicopters, the first step toward a fleet of 21 new aircraft by 2023, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday.

The award capped years of efforts by the U.S. Navy to replace the current fleet of aging Marine One helicopters, also built by Sikorsky, that ferry the president and other top officials. The Navy oversees Marine Corps procurements.